FOBIF has received a note from DELWP confirming receipt of our fire submission (see post below). They advise us that the rezoning of Expedition Pass as an Asset Protection zone was a ‘mapping error”.
The area has now been restored to its previous status as a Landscape Management zone.
We’re a bit at a loss for words. We’ll comment in more detail on this and related matters after we meet with fire managers in December.
Extract of letter to FOBIF from West Central Risk Landscape Team:
As a result of your comments, the zoning at Expedition Pass reservoir near Castlemaine has been reinstated as Landscape Management Zone. While the change was a mapping error, we acknowledge and apologise for the concerns this has caused within your organisation.
Please find attached updated maps of the proposed fire management zones in the Castlemaine – Maldon area.
North Castlemaine, updated map 17 November 2017
Castlemaine, updated map 17 November 2017
Maldon, updated map 17 November 2017